Man United   1

Hernandez (6)

Ajax   2

Ozbiliz (37), Alderweireld (87)

23 FEBRUARY 2012, Old Trafford Attendance: 67,328

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Man United
1De Gea
2Rafaelyellow card
4Jones
12Smalling
20Fabio
17Nani
7Park
23Cleverleysub22
18Youngsub6
14Hernandezgoal
9Berbatovsub19
Subs:
40Amos
3Evra
6Evanssub18yellow card
11Giggs
16Carrick
19Welbecksub9
22Scholessub23
Ajax
1Vermeer
34van Rhijn
3Alderweireldgoal
5Vertonghen
42Kopperssub39
10de Jongyellow card
5Anita
8Eriksensub25
23Ozbilizgoal
18Lodeirosub17
7Sulejmani
Subs:
22Cillessen
13Ooijer
17Blindsub18
25Sererosub8
28Aissati
39Klaassensub42
11Ebecilio

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Steve Bartram assesses the performances in United's Europa League tie with Ajax...

David De Gea: Made another vital contribution with a stunning reflex stop to keep out de Jong's close-range header. A positive display with some sharp handling and he gave plenty of instructions to a much-changed defence.

Rafael: Picked up a first half booking for a strong, yet fair challenge, but didn't let it affect his approach. Nicked possession wherever possible and always looked to bomb forward. Had several first half runs, and forced Vermeer into a smart save with a left-footed shot.

Chris Smalling: Played it safe and simple throughout. Dominant in the air and disciplined, despite being fronted with waves of Ajax attack, especially in the second period.

Phil Jones: Returned to central defence for the first time since January's defeat at Newcastle, and was given a stern test by Ajax's three-man front line. Shifted to midfield later on, and understandably looked to tire after so long on the sidelines.

Fabio: Started very brightly, breaking up Ajax attacks and starting a couple of forward forays. Surrendered possession a handful of times as the game wore on, however, but will be glad to complete another valuable 90 minutes.

Nani: Sporadically threatened on both flanks, but was often unable to find the final pass or cross. When he did, his sublime reverse pass to Berbatov was spurned and he was hugely unfortunate after the break thundered against the crossbar.

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